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Hi, everyone!! It’s me, Maya Iwami!!! How are you doing? 9 months have already passed since I came to New Zealand. I can’t believe that!! When I came here, it was summer but now spring has come, and summer is coming soon again. I think that time is moving very quickly… 
I’m staying in Ngatea on the Hauraki Plains. It is a very small town, but it’s a lovely town for me!! I met my great friends, great host family and many kind people here. I’m having a really good time with them!!
I go to Hauraki Plains College with my partner, Seira. At first, I tried to talk to kiwi students but it was hard for me to speak English and understand spoken English. Also, the students had already made friend groups, so I couldn't join them from myself. I didn't have any confidence and guts to try to do by myself. However, if I kept thinking negatively like that, I wouldn't be able to change, so I decided to change my school life. Then, I joined some clubs to expand relations with new friends. I’m a member of the choir and I joined the girls’ soccer club and volleyball club. I’m going write about what I experienced in these clubs. 
I have been a member of the choir from the end of term 1. Choir is the same as the chorus club in Japan. When I first thought to join some clubs, my host mother and my host sister recommended this club to me. At the beginning, it was hard for me to know how to connect the lyrics and pronunciation of English in songs. So, I couldn't have any confidence to sing for some time. However, even if I join this club, if I didn’t do anything, it could be the same as not joining. Then, I made my motto: “ASK if I don’t know". I began to ask many questions to members or the teacher. I felt better because I went from not knowing to knowing, so it became fun to sing songs after that. Also, I talked more to them though asking questions. I am far from a good singer, but I have got my confidence, so I enjoy singing. I have participated in some concerts. In the concerts, we have sung not only English songs but also Spanish songs. I got nervous when I sang the songs in front of many people, but all the members looked grandly so I got grand naturally. At the end of this term, my school will hold a school concert. We are practicing new songs to perform at this concert. I think it will be a good memory for me, so I want to have fun singing there, too!! 
Next, I’m going write about the girls’ soccer club. I had joined this club from term 2 to term 3. When I was an elementary school student, I had joined a soccer team, but it was for boys. So, I decided to join the girl’s club before I came here. However, it did not always go well. Besides practicing soccer, I had to communicate with other teammates to play well. Though, at first, I didn’t even know their names, and I couldn’t even say, “pass”. Also, I didn’t know what to talk during games. I just could ask them “what I had to do”. However, one day, one of my teammates said to me, "Maya, you are a good soccer player, but you have to talk to us more during the game!! You don’t need to say difficult things. I can speak to you and help you!!" Then, I realized an important thing. I just need to start from what I can do without thinking too much about what I can’t do. It’s necessary to think using my head. But others can’t understand what I’m thinking if I don’t show it with my action. From then on, I have begun speaking about small things, and I could talk more than at the first. I could communicate during the game with my teammates as well. I have scored three goals this season. When I made a shot, they hugged me and said, “Maya!! Nice goal” or “Good job, Maya!!” Then, I was really glad. After I finished this year’s soccer season, we don’t meet together every day. But when my teammates see me at school, they talk to me every time. I feel I met the best soccer members in this country. I was really happy playing soccer here.
Though coming to New Zealand, I could have awesome experiences. Also, I got awesome friendships with many people. I may never have such a valuable experience in my life again. Thanks to my family, I was able to come to this study abroad. So I really appreciate my family. My family, my friends, my classmates, my Japanese teachers, my New Zealand's teachers, my host family, and people I have engaged in this study abroad…, I want to express my appreciation to all of you from the bottom of my heart. 
I can stay in New Zealand only for a short time, but it hasn’t finished yet!! I keep trying to complete “My Happy New Zealand Life” until the very end of my stay!!
I’m looking forward to seeing you soon.
Thank you for reading my essay.
Maya Iwami